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Irish Bishop Reaffirms Seal of Confession Amid Legal Controversy (3153)

04/27/2012 Comments (4)

Bishop Raymond Field


Dublin, Ireland — Dublin's Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Field says priests must maintain the confidentiality of the confessional, which may be threatened by a proposed law requiring mandatory reporting of abuse.

“The seal of the confessional is inviolable as far as I am concerned, and that's the end of the matter,” Bishop Field said in comments reported by the Irish Independent newspaper on April 26.

Remarks made the previous day by Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter suggested that priests could be bound by requirements of the sex abuse reporting bill. Due to be introduced in the legislature later this year, the bill threatens up to ten years in jail for those who fail to report sex...READ MORE

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The Healing of a Football Player’s Wounded Heart (10756)

Former quarterback finds peace of soul in the Mass, priesthood and intercession of St. Joseph.

04/27/2012 Comments (15)
Norbert Kelsch

– Norbert Kelsch

The 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated this Sunday, April 29, with the theme “Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God.” This theme is very close to the heart of Father Joseph Freedy, director of priestly vocations for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

There was a time when such a concept was distant from his heart, which had been set on worldly goods. He was a standout quarterback in high school and at the University of Buffalo. Thousands cheered him on and looked up to him, but his heart remained restless. Despite his earnest attempts to the contrary, he could not find happiness in the noise of the world.

Happiness would be found where he had not expected it: in the...READ MORE

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Vatican Stresses Fidelity to Church in Evangelization of China (1136)

04/27/2012 Comment

Vatican City — The evangelization of China hinges on fidelity to the Church and the Pope, says the 5th Commission for the Catholic Church in China hosted by the Vatican April 23-25.

“Obedience to Christ and to the Successor of Peter is the presupposition of every true renewal and this applies to every category within the People of God,” read the communique issued April 26.

Although “aware of the particular difficulties of the present situation,” the commission said, “evangelization cannot be achieved by sacrificing essential elements of the Catholic faith and discipline.”

China has an estimated eight to twelve million Catholics, with about half of those people worshiping in...READ MORE

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How the Incarnation Pulled Humanity from Evil, Teaching Kids What Matter, and much more! (2826)

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04/27/2012 Comment

Five Ways the Incarnation Pulled Humanity From Evil. Click on the link by Saint Peter's List to read more.

Five Ways the Incarnation Pulled Humanity From Evil - Saint Peter's List

Teaching Kids What Matters: Ten Practical Lessons - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Raising the Bar: Christianity and Liberal Arts in the University - Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

Why Do We Ask Saints to Pray for Us? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Coptic Christians: Will Resist Reimposition of Jizya Muslims to the Point of Martyrdom - Robert Spencer

#YOLO: A Christian Outlook? - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Paul Ryan: A Catholic Champion For Liberty? - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Latest Real Jesus Discovered! - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

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Bishop Jenky’s Assessment of Religious Liberty Battle Raises Question About Historical Analogy (13038)

Notre Dame professor critical of colleagues’ letter calling for bishop’s resignation.

04/27/2012 Comments (38)


Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., in mid-April warned that the Obama administration’s actions limiting the religious liberty of churches and church agencies could lead to the “shutting down” of “all our public ministries,” including Catholic schools, hospitals and Newman Centers. ” But a comparison of America in 2012 to aspects of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia upset some observers.

“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” the bishop said at an annual Catholic men’s event in Peoria. “In clear violation of our First...READ MORE

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Welcoming Estranged Catholics Back, Amazing Stories from Purgatory, Catholic and Feminist, and more! (5389)

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04/27/2012 Comments (1)

Welcoming Estranged Catholics Back Into the Fold. Click on the link by Brian Fraga to read and learn more.

– God

Welcoming Estranged Catholics Back Into the Fold - Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

Amazing Stories from Purgatory and the Afterlife - Mystics of the Church

Catholic and Feminist: Can You Be Both? - Misty, Catholic Sistas

How Satan Kills Silently - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Is Wikipedia Changing the Definition of "Pro-Life"? - Fr. Z's Blog

A Tuscan Childhood - Kathleen Blum, Crisis Magazine

The Love Atheists Have For Gay Folks - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Ark of the Covenant in Cake Form! - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & Machine

Muslim Turkish Denial and Armenian Genocide Remembrance - Andrew G. Bostom, American Thinker

How Excessive Use of Microphones...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ (5182)

New movie offers swashbuckling, stop-motion silliness from Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run.

04/26/2012 Comments (11)

– Sony

Gadzooks, is this movie bonkers. I mean, really. You would never know from the trailers — the American trailers, I mean — just how outrageous it is.

It starts off more or less like any animated pirate adventure might, I guess, with a pirate ship captained by a salty bloke called the Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) and a scruffy crew with handles like Pirate With Gout, Albino Pirate and Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (the last, of course, being a reference to the convention in period stories in which a woman wearing men’s clothing is unrecognizable as a woman).

But then comes a scene with the pirate crew assailing a ship called the HMS Beagle, where a lonely young bloke named, yes, Charles...READ MORE

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Trusting the Lord in Difficult Circumstances, St. Augustine on the Combox Troll, and much more! (4122)

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04/26/2012 Comment

Trusting the Lord in Difficult Circumstances. Click on the link by Maurice Blumberg to read and learn more.

Trusting the Lord in Difficult Circumstances - Maurice Blumberg, Catholic Lane

Saint Augustine on the Combox Troll - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Falsely Accused Priest: 'My Life Has Been Ruined' - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

Tomb of Apostle Saint Philip Found - Bible History Daily

One Flock, One Shepherd (John 10:11-18) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Triumph of Truth Over Power - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

How Church Modernists Prefer to Quote Pope Benedict Out of Context - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

C.B.S.: S.N.A.P.’s David Clohessy Could Face Jail Time - Fr. Z's Blog

Getting Fired Up: The U.S.C.C.B. and President...READ MORE

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